The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor: ‘Keanu Reeves helped with my side-project’

Frontman discusses Hollywood star's input into One Model Nation

The Dandy Warhols‘ Courtney Taylor-Taylor has revealed Keanu Reeves helped him out with his side-project One Model Nation.

The singer spoke to NME about the Hollywood actor’s input into the project – a graphic novel and album based on a fictional 1970s German krautrock band which was re-released earlier this year – following the Dandys’ gig at London’s HMV Forum on Saturday night (April 21).

Taylor-Taylor revealed that the project actually started life as a screenplay about 10 years ago, and that he consulted actor Reeves for advice on it. He said: “I first started writing it in paragraphs of plot synopsis in a series of emails to Keanu Reeves. He’s a fan of the band, and I know that he’s into some cool and artsy music things, and I knew that this would be something he’d really dig. He was into it, but it ended up being that I didn’t need him to put me in touch with people.”


Taylor-Taylor continued:

What it did do was it helped me sort out what the story was and what I needed to get off my chest. A lot of it is a metaphor for the career of The Dandy Warhols.

The London gig, which saw the band play a career-spanning set, was nearly cancelled after Taylor-Taylor was struck down with an ear infection. He explained: “It was scary – I lost my voice in Manchester, so we had to cut the set a little short and get me out of there. I’d never lost my voice before. I’d been looking forward to this HMV Forum show, and it would have been such a drag to have to cancel it.”

The Dandy Warhols played:

‘Be In’
‘We Used To Be Friends’
‘Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth’
‘I Love You’
‘You Were The Last High’
‘Holding Me Up’
‘Enjoy Yourself’
‘All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey’
‘Sad Vacation’
‘(You Come In) Burned’
‘Well They’re Gone’
‘Autumn Carnival’
‘The Legend Of The Last Of The Outlaw Truckers AKA The Ballad Of Sheriff Shorty’
‘Bohemian Like You’
‘Get Off’
‘Horse Pills’
‘Pete International Airport’
‘Boys Better’

The band released their eighth album, ‘This Machine’, earlier this week (April 24). Taylor-Taylor discussed the change in direction his band took with their new record, which has been described as having a gothier and grungier sound than their previous material. “Well, I guess I’m just tired of everything else. I’m certainly done with new-disco, or I guess what you guys would call indie over here, but it’s just fluffy and light.”